June is one of my favourite months of the year. It is a great month for golf course turf because the winter is in our rear view mirror but the heat, humidity, and summer stress haven’t arrived yet. We put a great deal of effort into preparing our turf for the stressful days on the horizon but do we put the same effort into preparing ourselves? Unfortunately, we have lost some very good people in this industry due to work/life balance issues. As important as our jobs and golf courses are to all of us, we owe it to ourselves and our families to find a balance that works for everyone involved. I encourage you to take a step back and evaluate what is most important in your life and ruthlessly protect your own and your family’s well being. The old saying rings true, “It doesn’t matter how successful you are outside your home if you’re not successful inside it.” We can all be better at this starting today.
In late February, the OGSA Board spent two days in Niagara Falls doing intensive strategic planning for the year ahead. This was extremely valuable to get everyone on the same page and focused moving forward. It also gave us a chance to tour potential sites for the 2018 Conference. In the end, we decided to go back to the Fallsview/Hilton again. It was an excellent venue that met or exceeded all of our needs and there is also great value in the pricing at that time of year. Last years show was very good and we learned from your feedback areas we needed to improve. Conference Chair Jason Boyce has been working hard with Sally and her staff to make this show even better and from what I have seen so far, I am certain it will be outstanding. Associate members can contact Sally at any time to discuss sponsorship opportunities – don’t miss the chance to connect with a large portion of your customer base in one great location.
I would like to thank Andrew Lombardo for his Board service. Andrew resigned from the Board after taking a job in the Landscape industry this winter. As per OGSA bylaws, the Board chose to appoint Owen Russell from Markland Wood GC as Andrew’s replacement. I have known Owen for a long time and I know he will be a great Director for many years to come.
Calling all writers! We are always looking for member submitted articles for ONCourse Magazine. We are repeatedly told that the best articles are written from those within the industry. It’s a great way to promote yourself and your course. We are hoping to get one superintendent submitted article in every issue going forward. Even if you don’t have a specific idea, I encourage you to talk to Sally or any of the Board members for thoughts on what to write about. Why not give it a try? We would love to hear from you.
President, Ontario Golf Superintendents' Association